Additional locations identified on SH3 for flexible median barrier between Whanganui and Bulls


Seven locations have now been confirmed for the installation of flexible median barrier on State Highway 3 (SH3) between Whanganui and Bulls.

In February, NZ Transport Agency Waka Kotahi announced plans to install up to 6 kilometres of flexible median barrier on this stretch of SH3 by the middle of the year designed at making the route safer.

The 7 confirmed locations for flexible median barrier, totalling approximately 5.8km in length, will be installed at the following locations:

  • Duddings Lake to Union Line (1.3km)  
  • Union Line to Williamsons Line (0.8km)
  • Pukepapa Road to Brightwell Road (0.6km)
  • Brightwell Road to Tennants Road (0.3km)
  • Number 7 Line to Pukepapa Road (0.6km)
  • Makirikiri Road to Duddings Lake (approximately 1.5km)
  • South of Dalvey Road (0.7km)

In May, our contractor began installing barrier, starting on the stretch of SH3 between Duddings Lake and Union Line. Our contractor is installing flexible median barrier one stretch at a time.

From today (June 10), our contractor plans to install barriers between Number 7 Line and Pukepapa Road and between Makirikiri Road and Duddings Lake. This work is expected to be complete by the end of June.

Where our contractor will be working, a temporary speed limit of 30km/h will be in place. For most of the work, both lanes of the road will remain open. However, for some of the work stop/go traffic management may be required, with 5-minute delays expected.

Work will take place Monday to Friday between the hours of 6am and 6pm.

Contractors have been working in the area since February to widen the road in preparation for the installation.

NZTA is also looking to install a short section of roadside safety barrier (guardrail) before the SH3/ Pukepapa Road intersection (southbound lane). There is a large drop-off on the side of the state highway and a barrier in this location offers increased protection for road users. Investigations for further roadside barrier sites on SH3 are underway.

Traffic management will change during the installation – please keep up to date on the NZTA Journey Planner and expect lower temporary speed limits and drive to the conditions through traffic management.

More information about the project is available on our project page.

SH3 Whanganui to Bulls safety improvements